President Donald Trump announced a proclamation to honor U.S. Capitol Police officers for their service on January 6th. Two officers have died since the protest for a fair election took place at the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Officer Brian D. Sicknick fought with protesters who turned violent and collapsed once he had returned to his precinct. There are several conflicting stories on his cause of death ranging from succumbing to his injuries to death from an undisclosed medical condition. Officer Howard Liebengood who also worked during the protest on January 6th, reportedly died while off duty by his own hand.
Trump released the announcement on official the White House website. It reads:
Proclamation on Honoring United States Capitol Police Officers
As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 13, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
DONALD J. TRUMP